SHEFFIELD TWP. — If teams live by the three or die by the three, then Clearview was living large Tuesday night.
The Clippers drained 11 of 19 (58 percent) 3-pointers against Keystone, as their long-distance shooting propelled them to an 83-68 Patriot Athletic Conference crossover victory.
Eric Burkey (12 points), Daimon Knowles (15 points) and Maliek Ivey (17 points) all made three 3-pointers to go with a pair from Bryan Walker. Gerrell Williams didn’t toe the 3-point line, but he led all scorers with 23 points.
“Gerrell has been consistent for us all year,” Clearview coach John Szalay said. “Burkey shot well early, Ivey came off the bench and just had a tremendous impact on the game and I thought Daimon Knowles might have played his best game in a long time.
“We are starting to do the little things that make a big difference, like anticipating a pass, boxing out or a double team. We do look like a different club and it’s because of the fundamental things.”
Keystone was the team showing off fundamentals early, jumping out to a 10-9 lead with 3:53 left in the first quarter by beating the Clippers inside with Chase Robinson and Adam Hopkins. Both finished in double figures with 14 and 19, respectively.
The one-point lead vanished quickly, and in the span of a little more than eight minutes, the Wildcats found themselves on the short end of a 29-13 score.
Knowles hit a three, Burkey added a pair and Ivey hit one that gave Clearview a 26-13 lead. Williams capped off the 20-3 run with a driving hoop and a free throw.
“We’ve been working hard in practice and Coach is getting our heads right,” Williams said of Clearview’s first two-game winning streak of the year. “Our chemistry wasn’t that good and we got tired of losing.”
Keystone battled to get the lead down to single digits with a 9-0 run late in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 48-39.
KJ Williams started the run with a short jumper, Matt Bastock knocked down the Wildcats’ first 3-pointer, CJ Conrad (13 points) scored on a layup and then assisted on a Hopkins basket following a steal.
Szalay called timeout to rally the troops and Clearview responded by scoring the next 10 points, with 3-pointers by Knowles and Ivey. The same two added layups to run the lead to a comfortable 58-39 in the waning seconds of the third.
“We pride ourselves on playing defense all year, but when we can’t stop the guy in front of us and get beat off the dribble all the time, we deserved to give up 3-pointer after 3-pointer,” said first-year Keystone coach Jeff Holzhauer. “That’s what a varsity team is supposed to do. If you give them wide-open looks, you should knock them down.
“They caused us to turn the ball over and they were able to turn them into baskets.”
The Clippers converted 14 Keystone miscues into 25 points, with several coming from behind the 3-point arc.
Clearview 83, Keystone 68
KEYSTONE (68): CJ Conrad 4-4-13, Collin Fitzgerald 1-0-2, Austin Conrad 3-0-8, KJ Williams 1-2-4, Matt Bastock 1-2-5, Chase Robinson 6-2-14, Brandon Kuhl 1-1-3, Adam Hopkins 7-5-19. Totals 24-16-68.
CLEARVIEW (83): Gerrell Williams 9-5-23, Bryan Walker 2-0-6, Chad Anderson 1-2-4, Eric Burkey 4-1-12, Clifton Brown 2-0-4, Daimon Knowles 5-2-15, Maliek Ivey 7-0-17, Jason Young 1-0-2. Totals 31-10-83.
Keystone 11 11 19 27 — 68
Clearview 17 17 24 25 — 83
Three-point goals: Keystone 4-15 (A. Conrad 2, C. Conrad, Bastock); Clearview 11-19 (Ivey 3, Knowles 3, Ivey 3, Walker 2); Field goals: Keystone 24-42 (57 percent); Clearview 31-50 (62 percent); Free throws: Keystone 16-22 (73 percent); Clearview 10-15 (67 percent); Rebounds: Keystone 19, Clearview 26; Turnovers: Keystone 14; Clearview 14; Fouled Out: None.
Junior varsity: Keystone, 30-27.
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